Dr Ben Wilkie



Casual Academic


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Warrnambool Campus


Dr Benjamin Wilkie is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests include histories of the Australian environment and landscape, and histories of the Scottish diaspora in Australia.

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Research interests

Ben is currently researching and writing a new cultural and environmental history of the Grampians-Gariwerd national park for CSIRO Publishing. He is also investigating the environmental legacies of war on the Australian home front during the twentieth century.

Ben's research has also focused on Scotland, Australia, and the British Empire from the late-18th to the early-20th century. His recent book for Boydell & Brewer is The Scots in Australia 1788-1938.


Australian & New Zealand Environmental History Network

Australian Garden History Society

Australian Modern British History Network

American Society for Environmental History: Environment & War Group

Teaching interests

Ben's teaching encompasses Australian social, cultural, and environmental history, immigration and demography, the legacies of imperialism and colonialism, and histories of Australia at war in the twentieth century. He has also taught across urban studies, contemporary global history, and in politics and policy studies.

Units taught

AIA106 - Sex, Race, and Australia's People
AIA105 - Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010
AIA104 - Australian Identities: Indigenous and Multicultural
AIA200 - Indigenous Australians in the 20th Century
AIA300 - Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century
AIH238 - Australia and the Two World Wars
AIP230 - Understanding Public Policy
AIP247 - Media and Politics
AIX160 - Introduction to University Study



Wilkie B 2016, 'Australian environments in war and peace: Toward an environmental history of Australia's defence estate', Australian Historical Association Conference, Ballarat (Forthcoming).

Wilkie, B 2014 'Sites of Scottish memory and identity: a survey of monuments and memorials in Australia', paper presented at the Scottish Australia Symposium, Federation University, Ballarat, 2014.

Prentis, M and B Wilkie 2012, '"Coming lonely to the land" or "crawlers round the bardie's name": memorials to Robert Burns in Australia', paper presented at the Australian Historical Association Conference, Adelaide.

Wilkie, B 2011, ' Empire, identity, and the Australian Scottish delegation of 1928', paper presented at the Australian Historical Association Conference, Launceston.


Deakin University - Faculty Commendation for Teaching Excellence: Team Teaching, 2015

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2013

Monash Graduate Institute of Research - Postgraduate Publications Award, 2013.

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2010-2013


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Rights, reconciliation, and the restoration of Djabwurrung and Jardwadjali names to Grampians-Gariwerd

B Wilkie

(2018), Vol. 89, pp. 113-135, Victorian historical journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


The Scots in Australia, 1788-1938

B Wilkie

(2017), Woodbridge, Eng, A1


Family networks and the Australian pastoral industry: a case study of the Port Phillip District and Victoria in the late nineteenth century

B Wilkie

(2017), Vol. 91, pp. 78-95, Agricultural history, Berkeley, Calif., C1


Lairds of suburbia: Scottish migrant settlement and housing in Australian cities, 1880-1930

B Wilkie

(2016), Vol. 36, pp. 81-102, Journal of Scottish historical studies, Edinburgh, U.K., C1


Landscapes of the dead: history and memory in a distant field of murder

B Wilkie

(2016), pp. 1-6, Meanjin quarterly, Carlton, Vic., C1


Popular imperialism, Scottish identity, and William Wallace in an Australian colonial city

B Wilkie

(2015), pp. 135-152, Études écossaises, Grenoble, France, C1


Space, commemoration, and iconography: Scottish monuments and memorials in Australia

B Wilkie

(2015), pp. 157-165, Scots under the Southern Cross, Ballarat, Vic., B1


Warriors of empire: popular imperialism and the Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898-1938

B Wilkie

(2014), Vol. 85, pp. 73-96, Victorian historical journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Scottish workers and radicals in early twentieth century Australia

B Wilkie

(2013), Vol. 48, pp. 74-94, Scottish Labour History, Edinburgh, Scotland, C1-1


Scottish identity in stone: statues of Robert Burns and William Wallace in 19th century Ballarat

B Wilkie

(2013), Vol. 84, pp. 279-302, Victorian Historical Journal, C1-1


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